DAVAO CITY -- Bigger things await Austin Jacob Literatus after a sterling performance at the recent Asean Age-group Chess Championships.
The 16-year-old prodigy’s two-gold performance in the Asean meet held in Hue City, Vietnam not only netted him a Fide Master norm but also serves as his stepping stone to a bigger tournament – the Asian Youth Chess Championships.
Literatus, a nephew of former Olympian International Master Marlo Micayabas, goes to the Under-16 tournament set to begin on June 24 in Sri Lanka with his confidence at a high after winning the boys Under-16 title and steering the Philippines to the team title in Vietnam.
Playing as the seventh seed in Vietnam, the fourth year student of Doña Carmen Denia National High School started his giant-killing run by beating third seed Nguyen Duy Trung of Vietnam in the eighth round.
He followed it with a win over 11th-seed Nguyen Tan Thinh, also of Vietnam, in the next round to draw level with chief rival and top seed Vietnamese FM Le Tuan Minh.
Minh settled for a draw with another Filipino bet Romy Fagon in the final round, allowing Fagon to bag the silver medal with six points. The third Filipino bet in the U-16 division, Vince Angelo Medina, finished in a tie for the fourth to seventh place with 5.5 points.
The trio later combined to pocket the team title for the Philippines.
“We are thankful for the support of Mayor Sara Duterte, Vice Mayor Rody Duterte and Councilor Jackson Reyes,” said James Infiesto, regional-vice president of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. He also thanked NCFP President Prospero Pichay.
Two other Davao stadouts, Ella Moulic and Marvin Miciano, gave the country two silvers each in the girls U-14 and boys U-12.